LUKE Wilson has become the first summer signing for Boston Town.
The 19-year-old right back has followed Poachers bosses Matt Hocking and Ian Dunn from Pinchbeck United.
Wilson was a Boston United youth team product and has also turned out for the Pilgrims’ reserves.
After impressing last season, by helping his side to the Peterborough Premier League title and Peterborough FA cup double, Dunn is convinced Wilson can make the step up to the United Counties League Premier Division.
“He was one of our best players last season,” he told The Standard.
“He’ll definitely be able to do it at this level.
“We’re happy to make him our first proper signing.”
However, he is not the only player to commit to the Tattershall Road club.
Defender Jack Smith made a dramatic U-turn last week.
After looking odds-on to join John Chand’s Holbeach United side, the centre back opted to remain with Town and put pen to paper last Tuesday.
His fellow central defender Michael Wood has also signed on, as has full back and winger Shane Clancy and goalkeeper Chris Wright.
Wood, Clancy and Wright have all previously made first-team appearances for Boston United.
Completing the six signing to date is Lori Borbely.
But the midfielder, who also doubles up as the Poachers’ director of football, is probably the least surprising signing.
Dunn and Hocking will also register themselves as players for the upcoming campaign.
The team’s rebuilding began last night as Town began pre-season training.
Among those turning up were a number of hopefuls dreaming of earning a deal with the club.
Former Premier League forward Julian Joachim was among those training with Town, while a number of familiar faces will also be aiming to impress.
Among those were last season’s captain Mark Foster, striker Nick Brown and the Poachers’ all-time leading goalscorer Gary Bull.
Young utility player Brodie Blankley, a former Grimsby Town youth teamer, will also be linking up for training.
“They’re coming down to see what they think of us and for us to see what we think of them,” Dunn added.
“Hopefully, they can all offer us something this season.”
One player who won’t be associated with Town anymore is Grimsby-based forward Jammal Shahin, who has chosen to play football closer to home this year.
Town have been drawn at home to Harborough Town in the preliminary round of the United Counties League Cup.
No date has yet been fixed for the tie.
Harborough were UCL Division One runners-up last season and have been promoted to the Premier Division.
They are one of four new sides who will line up against the Poachers in 2012-13.
Daventry United have folded), Kings Lynn Town have been promoted to the Northern Premier League Division One South and Northampton Spencer and Thrapston Town have been demoted to Division One. Replacing them are Harborough, Divisison One champions Huntingdon Town plus Quorn and Shepshed Dynamo.